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The race for Oscar is akin to a political campaign, and the first three Fall film festivals have made a significant impact on all the major races. Consider that Venice, Telluride and Toronto take place within three weeks of each other and you have a huge indicator of how the season will progress. With that in mind, here are eight major takeaways that are still buzzing in our heads as the Oscar race begins. "The Imitation Game" just got a huge head start. Harvey's had a tough year at the box office. He isn't going to have a tough year with Oscar. "The Imitation Game" was the hit of Telluride and took the People's Choice Award at Toronto (something The Weinstein Company movies seem to have an awful amount of luck with). It's not quite the slam dunk that "The King's Speech" or "The Artist" were because it "appears »
- Gregory Ellwood
The first trailer for new romantic comedy Playing It Cool has arrived online, and you can view it below at your leisure.
A long-delayed film (it was filmed way back in 2012, and has had its name changed from A Many Splintered Thing), the film is directed by feature-debutant Justin Reardon and stars Chris Evans (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as a screenwriter who wants to write an action movie, but is being asked to write a rom-com instead. However, he doesn’t believe in love, and so struggles to find a story for it.
On paper, the film has a pretty impressive ensemble. Alongside Evans are his Winter Soldier co-star Anthony Mackie, as well Michelle Monaghan (True Detective), Aubrey Plaza (Life After Beth), Topher Grace (Interstellar), Luke Wilson (The Skeleton Twins), Philip Baker Hall (Magnolia), Giovanni Ribisi (Ted), Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four) and Martin Starr (Adventureland).
It certainly isn’t anything original or different, »
- Scott Davis
Stars: Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman, Henry Gibson, Rick Ducommun, Wendy Schaal, Brother Theodore, Courtney Gains, Gale Gordon, Dick Miller, Robert Picardo, Cory Danziger | Written by Dana Olsen | Directed by Joe Dante
Written by Dana Olsen (Going Berserk) and directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling), The ‘Burbs is a comedy-horror hybrid that, for me, was a staple film of my childhood, a movie I was probably too young to be watching, yet couldn’t get enough of. I was very excited to hear that Arrow, a company I am a fan of, were bringing out The ‘Burbs on Blu-ray, for the first time in the UK, with a director’s cut, and a smorgasbord of extras.
A stellar cast, featuring heavyweight acting talent like Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman and Henry Gibson, this is a beautifully dark, hilarious and addictive film that deals with themes like cannibalism, »
- Chris Cummings
In 2012, Owen Gleiberman wrote a piece for Entertainment Weekly explaining why he had fallen out of love with the films of Paul Thomas Anderson. In the article, Gleiberman shares his own thrill of discovering Boogie Nights at the 1997 Toronto Film Festival and the impact it had on him as a film critic; he then goes on to discuss his perceived problems with There Will Be Blood and why Anderson’s films no longer affect him the same way. I came across Gleiberman’s article recently during my struggle to detail my own relationship to Anderson’s films. Like Gleiberman, my first Anderson film was a revelation. As a manager for an independent theater in a small town, it was my job to assemble a 35mm print of Punch-Drunk Love during my Thursday shift and sit by myself through a midnight technical screening. I was tired after a long day and annoyed that I hadn’t been able »
- Matthew Monagle
Gregg Araki's White Bird in a Blizzard played the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and Magnolia will be releasing it on VOD on September 25 followed by a limited theatrical release on October 24. There are only a handful of reviews listed on RottenTomatoes so it's hard to get an idea for this one based on that, though if I remember correctly there seemed to be a measure of muted praise, and the cast is certainly impressive. The ensemble includes Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane, Dale Dickey, Mark Indelicato, Sheryl Lee and Angela Bassett and here's the official synopsis: Kat Connors is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve, a beautiful, enigmatic, and haunted woman, disappears - just as Kat is discovering and relishing her newfound sexuality. Having lived for so long in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her »
- Brad Brevet
Writer/director Gregg Araki sheds his new-wave queer cinema roots for this Shailene Woodley vehicle about a 17-year-old girl whose sexual awakening coincides with the spooky disappearance of her down-in-the-doldrums mother, played by Eva Green. Replete with lyrical Vo, a hip, heady soundtrack and underage sexuality, it's pure Araki. Shailene Woodley's performance in this dark offbeat indie will find her in the good graces of critics once again. And the rest of the cast is great, too: It costars Thomas Jane, Christopher Meloni, Angela Bassett and Gabourey Sidibe. Per the times, Magnolia brings this Sundance fave to iTunes September 25 before a limited release on October 24. Read our review. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Entertainment Weekly just unveiled the first photo from the upcoming "Inherent Vice" film, which is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights) and star Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin. Check out the photo below. Plot: In Los Angeles in 1970, drug-fueled detective Larry "Doc" Sportello (Phoenix) investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend. The new movie co-stars Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Eric Roberts, Jena Malone, Martin Short and Maya Rudolph. It's set to hit select theaters on December 12th. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
Live, Die, Repeat when Edge of Tomorrow arrives onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on October 7 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith), Edge of Tomorrow stars Oscar nominee Tom Cruise (Born on the 4th of July, Jerry Maguire, Magnolia) and Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada, The Adjustment Bureau).
Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow was directed by Liman from a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth & Jez Butterworth, and based on the novel entitled "All You Need is Kill" by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Edge of Tomorrow is the first motion picture to be shot at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden.
Edge of Tomorrow was produced by Erwin Stoff, Tom Lassally, Jeffrey Silver, Gregory Jacobs and Jason Hoffs, alongside executive producers Doug Liman, Dave Bartis, Joby Harold, Hidemi Fukuhara and Bruce Berman, »
Warner Bros.' home entertainment division have announced some details and dates on a pair of blu-rays that action fans are sure to want to pick up. The first is a newer title in Tom Cruise's surprise blockbuster, Edge of Tomorrow, and then we have details on a special 25th Anniversary Edition of Tim Burton's classic Batman film starring Michael Keaton. Come inside to check out all the details on both these titles and when you'll be able to pick them up!
Live, Die, Repeat when “Edge of Tomorrow” arrives onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on October 7 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Directed by Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”), “Edge of Tomorrow” stars Oscar® nominee Tom Cruise (“Born on the Fourth of July,” “Jerry Maguire,” “Magnolia”) and Emily Blunt (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “The Adjustment Bureau”).
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
William H. Macy has been a phenomenal actor going all the way back to Fargo and through films like Magnolia and up to his recent starring role on Showtime's Shameless. The guy has worked with great filmmakers and actors for years and now has put those talents behind the camera for the first time. Macy's directorial debut, Rudderless, has premiered it's first trailer and the movie looks pretty damn good. Starring Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne, and Macy's wife »
- Alex Maidy
This is the Pure Movies review of God's Pocket, directed by John Slattery and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks, Richard Jenkins, Eddie Marsan and John Turturro. It’s about Philip Seymour Hoffman. Like Heath Ledger films after he was gone, Hoffman films will continue to trickle out, and we will greedily and mournfully await and consume, like the last air pocket in a slowing sinking ship, or watching that last West African Black Rhino’s troubled pregnancy; we didn’t know how precious they were until they became profoundly finite. This was a fine and sturdy Philip Seymour Hoffman role, but the film is not a landmark of his career, like Synecdoche, New York or Magnolia or Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead. Not his fault. »
- Dr. Garth Twa
It's Friday and it's a big review day for us as Laremy finally saw Boyhood and we also have reviews of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Into the Storm, Step Up All In and Calvary as well as a lot of your questions, a couple voice mails, drinking advice from a listener and our regular allotment of games. Hope you enjoy! Finally, it's time once again to vote for our next audio commentary. On this episode we mention only five, but I thought of one more after we finished and have added it to the mix, so there are six to choose from. Vote below: poll id="359" If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, »
- Brad Brevet
Essays, one audiovisual and one textual, on Jacques Rivette's Out 1 by Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin top today's roundup of news and views. Also: J. Hoberman on a collection of shorts written by Cesare Zavattini and directed by the likes of Michelangelo Antonioni and Federico Fellini; Rainer Werner Fassbinder's influence on Richard Linklater; an interview with Heinz Emigholz; a chapter on Tom Cruise in Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia (1999); a Roger Corman retrospective; and more. » - David Hudson »
Slouched in the front row of the labyrinth Theater Company's performance space in New York's West Village last May, Philip Seymour Hoffman was his typical focused, superdisciplined self. In the intimate 90-seat theater, Hoffman – always dressed in one or another of his seemingly interchangeable baggy pants and sweaters – was relentlessly pushing the cast and crew of the play he was directing, »
It’s been nearly six months since Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a heroin overdose, and yet his presence is still heavily felt throughout Hollywood. In addition to a lengthy and acclaimed filmography, the Academy Award winner kept up a busy work schedule until the time of his death. He had three films slated for 2014 release: John Slattery‘s directorial debut, God’s Pocket, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, and A Most Wanted Man. With the latter hitting theaters today, we thought we’d give you a look every Psh film currently available for your streaming pleasure. Whether as cynical music writer Lester Bangs in Almost Famous or hopelessly lonely boom mic operator Scott J. in Boogie Nights, Hoffman managed to steal the scene in each one of his films. If you have a Netflix account, log in and get caught up on some of the greatest performances in the last 20 years. »
- Emily Exton
The worst part of being a celebrity, undoubtedly, must be family reunions. All those cousins coming out of the woodwork, asking you to pass along their script or snag an autograph or even help Aunt Agatha buy that new hot tub that she desperately needs. Then there are those happy few stars who don't have to face this problem. Because their cousins are famous, too. In honor of Cousins Day - July 24, to be exact - here are several celebrity cousins who don't have to worry about being the only famous person at their family reunion. Jenny McCarthy and Melissa »
- Nate Jones, @kn8
Hercules might be a legendary warrior, but Lucy’s brain capacity will likely prove too formidable a foe for the Greek demigod at the box office. The Scarlett Johansson-led action film looks poised to ravage Dwayne Johnson’s sword-and-sandals epic as both debut on 3,000+ screens this weekend.
Rob Reiner’s And So It Goes, starring Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas also opens in 1,800 theaters, which could possibly break the top five with $8 million, closing out a quiet and struggling July at the box office before Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy arrives next weekend.
Here’s how things might play out. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Think you're all that Telluride? Feeling confident in your slate Venice? Fighting for your premiere life Toronto? Well, the New York Film Festival has no plans of sitting on the sidelines in the battle for major premieres this fall movie season. On Wednesday, the Film Society of Lincoln Center revealed that David Fincher's "Gone Girl" will open the festival on Sept. 26. Friday evening it was revealed that another highly anticipated film, Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice," will be the event's centerpiece gala. Anderson's first film since 2012's "The Master," "Inherent Vice" is an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel about a detective (Joaquin Phoenix) investigating the disappearance of a former girlfriend in 1970 Los Angeles. The American auteur has recruited an incredible cast including Josh Brolin, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon and Anderson's longtime companion, Maya Rudolph. "Vice" is currently scheduled to open in limited release on Dec. »
- Gregory Ellwood
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Last night I opened up an article I had earmarked earlier in the day and watched That Moment, the amazingly candid and engaging 72 minute documentary included on the 2000 DVD release of writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson's 1999 epic Magnolia. And I was hit with a wave of nostalgia unlike anything I had felt in quite some time. It might be odd that I would find the fanfare that greeted the 25th anniversary of 1989's Batman to be little more than noise, only to be almost overcome by a 14 year old DVD supplement. But that's what happened. Of course, it probably helps that I watched this doc obsessively upon its release. I was just starting to fall in love not only with film, but with the process of making it, and I must have sat down to watch this thing at least 20 times within my first year of owning the DVD. »
- Evan Dickson
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